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  1. And so we have an all-time winner! It'll be no surprise to anyone who's been following the results of the poll, but I'll have to hand the mike to Thomas Bach whose been keen to make the results announcement. I'll tell you we had 20 votes - the best show-up in all the rounds of the Cup, but Thomas can explain the breakdown. Thomas Bach: Willkommen meine Damen und Herren. It ist viss great pleasure zat I komm to you today to crown der all-time vinner off der GamesBids logo competitions. I sank you, all der voters, fur giving your consideration to all our entrants, who represented der best off der best off der logos zat vere submitted to der logo komps over der past 10 years. Congratulations to all der entrants - you vere all vinners to even make it zu der final. But der kann only be der one vinner to rule over zem all, und zat vinner ist... Paul, mit Buenos Aires 2028! Sir Rols; Thank you Herr Bach. Yes, back to me, it's easier than typing as the Bachmeister with the spellcheck on. What can I say? Thanks to everyone who voted. I hope it was a good Xmas time diversion for the board. Thanks to @TeamBlakeUSA for helping to promote the poll - keep up the good work for the coming original logo comps. The voting was decisive (though thanks for not forcing me to make a final choice). A total of 20 votes, all valid, with a final tally of 13 to Paul and 7 to Davey. I'm always sad when I've got to declare a loser in a vote, and as I said at the start of voting, Davey's paris would have certainly made a worthy overall winner. Real sincere commiserations Davey. That said, it certainly WAS fitting for Paul to come out on top. He's the legend of the comps, he's always a fan favourite and BA was nothing if not a fan favourite. Congratulations Paul! That was deserved, well-earned, a fair result and totally, totally fitting. You are the official King of the Logo Comps in its first decade. Who else could have deserved that title. I'll hand over to Madge to celebrate! So that brings us to the end of this little diversion on the road to this year's original logo comp. I hereby call on all the members of GamesBids to assemble in something over four days time in the city of Kathmandu, Nepal, to celebrate the Logo Comp of the 10th GamesBidiad. There's still time to get some late logos in. C'mon guys, get your pencils, payments, crayons and Photoshops out and give it a go! Kathmandu, Havana and Hamburg are waiting.
  2. And so it comes down to two... Welcome to the Final of the GamesBids Olympic Logo Winners' Cup! And we couldn't have two more worthy logos or members to fight it out for the prize. But first, results. Both semi finals garnered 18 votes. I am discounting the4 votes of the new member dnm, who I mentioned at the end of the quarter finals and who didn't meet the voting criteria. Happily, his votes in each didn't change the results. So, with 17 valid votes cast in each, both semi finals ended with the exact same result (which augurs well, or ominously, for the Final. In Semi Final 1 Paul's Buenos Aires achieved an 11-6 victory over aismanggo's Toronto. That leaves Paul the final man standing in his three match-ups with the Malaysian twin. Commiserations to aismanggo, I'm glad he made it to the semis, but I also think it was fitting that Paul make it through to the final. It would have been stung if he didn't. My only surprise is that it wasn't with his Tokyo or NYC logos. But my record of predicting the winners isn't great. In Semi Final 2, Davey's Paris scored an 11-6 victory over Woohooitsme83's Oslo. Again, commiserations to Woohoo - you didi so well to make it to the semis. Again, however, I think it was fitting for Davey to make it through to that group. Which leaves us with another of the great Logo Comp rivalries to finally settle. Paul versus Davey. Buenos Aires versus Paris. Tantalising! Mouth-watering! Deserved! The Battle of the Giants! What more superlatives can I give. This is one for the ages and one i have absolutely no inkling which way it will go. I wouldn't be surprised at a VERY close result. I just hope I don't have to be the penalty taker at the end. Please don't force that on to me. Anyway, to the rules: It's one vote per person. Voting is open to all members of GamesBids as of November 30 2016. You have around a week to vote - voting in this stage I think will be open until Wednesday December 28. That will give us a tense battle to watch over Christmas, and a few days to recover from it before we launch into this year's original logo comp in the New Year. If there is a tie between the two finalists, I will take the casting vote/penalty kick. I will not vote in the regular voting time. I don't wish for this to happen - I tell you now, I'll be bloody torn and I don't know which way I would go at this stage. I'll rule on any disputed voters. I'll rule on any disputes. You can vote for yourself if you want to. Who's gonna win and be the designer of the One Logo to Rule Them All? We'll know next week. I'd say "May the Best Designer and Logo Win", but honestly, both are deserving. And one last thing - if you're looking at these and inspired - please get out your graphics packages and make sure you're in this year's comp. We're after more Kathmandu, Hamburg and Havana designs to decide this year's winner. We're just over a week away from the end of the submission stage and we've already got some great ones there. Let's get some more. Go to this thread to enter!
  3. Welcome back everyone. Now it's time for the Semi Finals of the GamesBids Olympic Logo Winners' Cup! It's getting tense - four logos left standing, and four designers still alive in the race for the big prize. Thanks for everyone that voted. We had 18 votes in each of the Quarter Finals, and each quarter final produced a clear result - thankfully i didn't have to take any penalty kicks this time around. I had my doubts about one voter - dnm - a new member who joined up last Friday and hasn't posted anything else but voted in all four QFs. His votes did not change the outcome in any of the matches, however. For the time being I won't make any ruling on him, but I'll wait and see what transpires in the Semis. For the Quarter Finals the results were: QF1: Toronto with 10 votes to Tokyo's 8. Two very strong entrants, and I was surprised to see Tokyo bow out - IMO one of the strongest logos ever submitted to these comps and personally one I find better than the real life Tokyo 2020 logo. But then again, Toronto's was strong too. At this stage, it's a pity when any of them go. QF2: Paris with 10 votes wins over Prague with 8. The battle of Britain was decided in favour of Davey. Sorry to see Prague go - it was the original and inaugural Logo comp winner and it was great to see it featuring so strongly still all this way down the track. Sorry and thanks Rob. Again, though, Paris is a strong logo - it still shows up in Google searches on Olympic and Paris logos. No surprise it's still contending. QF3: Buenos Aires 11 votes over Melbourne with 7. The second Paul versus aismanggo match-up ends with Paul's Buenos Aires taking the prize. That makes each of them one apiece from the QFs. It also means that while our oldest logo winner was eliminated, our most recent winner is still alive. Well done paul - to tell the truth, it would not have been fitting if you didn't make it through to the semis. Indeed, I'm surprised just the one of your got through. While I'm delighted we have four different competitors filling the four semi final spots, it also would have been fair if you accounted for all. But that's the fun of the knock-out format - you get some interesting and unexpected results. QF4: Oslo's 12 votes shuts out Dubai's 6. Woohooitsme83 wins his battle with Barrack. The good thing about this is that means all four semi finalists are still active members of the board (I haven't seen Barrack for ages, tried to contact him, not even sure if he's aware of this comp). Which sets us up with: Semi Final 1: The winner of QF1 (Toronto) takes on the winner of QF3 (Buenos Aires). Which gives us the third and final of the great Paul versus aismanggo rival matches. They've had so many battles over the years, fitting they also come up against each other again here. Who'll win? We'll see. Good luck to both! Semi Final 2: The winner of QF2 takes on the Winner of QF4. Davey's Paris versus Woohooitsme83's Oslo. Two strong logos. Again, each member having got through with their only win from the past comps. Good luck guys! Whatever the results of either match, we'll have a multiple winner versus a one-off winner in the final. Okay, rules: It's one vote per person, per Semi Final. You can vote in a both matches, or only one, as you wish. Voting is open to all members of gamesBids as of November 30 2016. You have a week to vote - voting in this stage is open until Wednesday December 21. The winning logo in each Semi at the close will progress to the Grand Final, which will be voted on over Christmas Week. If there is a tie between any 2 logos in any match, I reserve a casting vote/penalty kick. I will not vote in the regular voting time, & if I do need to use a casting vote, I will base it first on my own subjective opinion. I'll rule on any disputed voters. I'll rule on any dispute. You can vote for yourself if you want to. Who's gonna win out to battle for which is the One Logo to Rule Them All? We'll know not week. And one last thing - if you're looking at these and inspired - please get out your graphics packages and make sure you're in this year's comp. We're after more Kathmandu, Hamburg and Havana designs to decide this year's winner. We're less than half way through the submission stage and we'v already got some great ones there. Let's get some more. Go to this thread to enter!
  4. And welcome back everyone for the Quarter Finals of the GamesBids Olympic Logo Winners' Cup! And we've sure got some mouthwatering quarter finals lined up! Thanks for everyone that voted - and sorry if I've had to spam to get people involved - just as I've mentioned elsewhere, without status updates, it's hard to promote these comps now. And it's about time Blake contributed something useful to the board. Anyway, in the pool round we had a mix of clear results and a few draws, where I've (and I must say, it's for the first time ever in these comps) had to cast the deciding votes/take the penalty kicks. My decisions were based on a number of factors - my pure aesthetic preferences, evening out some of the finalists who got through and an eye to what sort of match-ups they would produce in these quarter final rounds. For these Quarter Finals - from Groups B and D. The results were: Group B: Buenos Aires - clear winner with 9 votes (the highest score of any logo in the pool stage). Dubai, runner up with 6 votes (including one from me - that was a tough call - I really liked Paul's Durban one. But I figured Paul already had two logos through, so in the interests of diversity I went with Barrack's Dubai). Durban (5) and Ostersund (1) were eliminated. Group D: Oslo - winner from a tie-break on 7 votes (again, a tough choice, based on the looks and what the match-up for the next round would be). Melbourne - runner up with 6 votes. Bangkok (3) and New York City (2) were eliminated. NYC's exit was the big shock of the Pool stage to me! I really had it twigged at the start as one of the contenders for top dog - it's one of my favourites of all time. Still, shows how much a judge of logo tastes I am! Which sets us up with two intriguing Quarter Finals. QF3 is our second match-ups in the QF round of the two heavyweights - Paul and aismanggo. They've always been big rivals in terms of the votes in these comps, and I thought it's sorta fitting for me that they come up against each other twice again. Paul's Buenos Aires takes on aismanggo's Melbourne in a yet another tough and classic round to see who will get through. Good luck to both! I sorta hope you each get one through, but that's for the voters to decide. QF4 is whoohooitsme83 versus Barrack. The battle of two, well I won't say outsiders but they are both single comp winners. Again, I matched these two together by my penalty kick - I liked the idea of the two versus each other. So its Woohoo's Oslo versus Barrack's Dubai. Good luck to both! Okay, rules: 1) It's one vote per person, per Quarter Final. You can vote in a both matches, or only one, as you wish. 2) You have a week to vote - voting in this stage is open until Wednesday December 14. 3) The winning logo in each quarter final at the close will progress to the next round - the Semi-Finals. 4) If there is a tie between any 2 logos in any match, I reserve a casting vote/penalty kick. I will not vote in the regular voting time, & if I do need to use a casting vote, I will base it first on my own subjective opinion. At the end of this Quarter Final round, the Semi-Finals will be arranged according to the draw diagram from which the two surviving finalists will be chosen for the Grand Final which should culminate on December 31, just before submissions close in our regular logo comp (Kathmandu 2030 and Hamburg 2032/Havana 2032). You can vote for yourself if you want to. They're all great logos battling it out now - may the best of them now reign over the rest. Good luck to all! And one last thing - if you're looking at these and inspired - please get out your graphics packages and make sure you're in this year's comp. Go to this thread to enter!
  5. Over to you Madge... Ladies and Gentlemen, Mesdames and Monsieurs, You all caught me on the hop! I thought I had at least until the weekend before I'd have to get the ceremony ready. Instead, Bach's in the air right now trying to make it Buenos Aires in time, Madonna had to step in at short notice to open proceedings and even the Baron wasn't able to get his vendor's table set up in time. All because for once the voters were decisive. Anyway, welcome to Buenos Aires, where we gather at colourful San Telmo with the GamesBids Dance Orchestra to tango our tribute to the winner of this year's summer games logo design contest. We had a healthy 23 people vote in the last round. A total of 12 of those, or 52.17 per cent of the voting membership gave our perennial winner Paul another round on the winner's podium with his logo for the Paris of South America. Well done Paul, truly our logo master, with an astonishing six wins over the course of the comp's history. Truly well-deserved, hearty congratulations. For the record, mer.bernham's New Orleans was our runner up and silver medallist with five votes. Glacib's Be'er Sheva and aismanggo's Singapore jointly took out bronze with four apiece, and our winter winner, woohooitsme, had to be content with fifth spot with his Kochi, India, brand. Well done to all of you! And all with nary a spat or a scandal at all this year! I miss a bit of logo comp scandal. Now's usually the time I'd make my thanks to everyone to helped and sign off for the year. But stay tuned! I'm gonna take a weekend break from the logo business, but will be back early next week with a special, final event, to cap off this year's comping. One final poll. One poll to rule them all. But more on that soon. In the meantime, it's empanadas and asado for everyone!
  6. And we have our short list. The results of the short list round were: New Orleans by MissEurasia - 3 votes New Orleans by mr.bernham - 8 votes Quito by Lord David - 1 vote Manila by CobiWenlock - 2 votes Be'er Sheva by Glacib - 10 votes Singapore by aismanggo - 15 votes Kochi by woohooitsme83 - 8 votes Milano by Anthony - 5 votes Buenos Aires by Paul - 15 votes Five logos made it through to the first of the finals round, with two tied for fourth place on 8 votes each. Sadly it means we say good by got the entries from MissEurasia, Lord David, CobiWenlock and Anthony. Commiserations, guys, and thanks so much for entering. Now, to the business of the next round. This voting round will be open for (approximately) 24 hours - it will close after 7am, Friday January 8, Sydney time (8pm Jan 7 GMT). Voting will now be conducted in rounds until one entry has an absolute majority and is declared the winner. In this and following rounds, the logo with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated at the close of the poll. Vote in the poll for your favourite logo. You have ONE vote, so make it count. Your vote is public and can be seen by all. Entrants MAY vote for their own logo if they wish. Votes are valid if cast by members of GamesBids as of December 1 2015 with a bona fide posting record. I will rule on the validity of any suspicious or disputed votes, or who constitutes a bona fide voting member. I will not vote in this, or any subsequent rounds, unless a tie-breaker vote is needed. Be fair and sportsmanlike, this is meant to be fun and the entrants all deserve RESPECT. Good luck to our remaining contenders. May be odd be ever in your favour.
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